In the heart of Portugal’s enchanting countryside, amidst the rolling hills and lush olive groves, the OLEAF4VALUE EU Project recently convened its consortium partners for a transformative meeting in Bragança. This picturesque city, renowned for its rich cultural heritage and thriving agricultural landscape, served as the perfect backdrop for a gathering aimed at advancing the frontiers of olive oil production and innovation.

The consortium meeting was a dynamic exchange of ideas, experiences, and insights, where partners from various corners of Europe converged to delve deeper into the project advancements during the past 6 months. Here are some highlights from the event:

1. Exploring Olive Farming and Tasting Local Flavors

One of the standout experiences of the meeting was the visit to a traditional olive farm nestled amidst Mirandela’s (a small town near Bragança) serene countryside. Partners had the invaluable opportunity to witness firsthand the labor-intensive process of olive oil production, from the meticulous care of the olive trees to the intricate techniques involved in harvesting and pressing the olives.

2. Immersion in Instituto Politécnico de Bragança’s Innovations

The Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, gracious hosts of the consortium meeting, welcomed partners into their cutting-edge facilities, where the seeds of innovation in olive leaf experiments are being sown. Partners were treated to an immersive experience, gaining valuable insights into the groundbreaking processes and technologies being deployed as part of the OLEAF4VALUE project. From sustainable cultivation practices to state-of-the-art extraction methods, the institute’s pioneering initiatives underscored a commitment to excellence and sustainability in olive leaf biomass valorisation.

3. Engaging Dialogues and Progress Discussions

At the heart of the consortium meeting lay a spirit of collaboration and shared vision, as partners engaged in lively discussions about their progress, challenges, and aspirations within the OLEAF4VALUE project. From researchers and academics to industry experts and communication experts, each voice contributed to a rich tapestry of ideas aimed at unlocking the full potential of olive oil as a driver of economic growth, environmental sustainability, and culinary delight.

The meeting served as a catalyst for deeper partnerships and synergies, fostering a sense of optimism and mutual support among consortium members. As the sun set over the rolling hills of Bragança, there was a palpable sense of optimism and excitement for the journey ahead—a journey fueled by innovation, collaboration, and a shared commitment to shaping a brighter future for olive leaf biomass valorisation in Europe and beyond. OLEAF4VALUE project is soon coming to an end (June 2024), but the partnerships and alliances made during the project’s timeline will certainly endure.

In conclusion, the OLEAF4VALUE EU Project consortium meeting in Bragança was more than just a gathering of minds; it was a celebration of the latest achievements in preparation for the final push as the project comes to an end this year. As partners bid farewell to the tranquil landscapes of Bragança, they carried with them not only memories of shared experiences but also a renewed sense of purpose and determination to chart new horizons in the world of olive trees.